Cast: Sai Dharam Tej, Rakul Preet Singh, Jagapati Babu
Director: Gopichand Malineni
Producers: Nallamalupu Bujji, Tagore Madhu
Music: S S Thaman
After Thikka has turned to be a dud at the box-office, Sai Dharam Tej has signed a Winner under the direction of Gopichand Malineni and Rakul Preet Singh is the leading lady. Today, it has been released; let’s check the content and performance of cast and crew.
The relationship between son Siddhu (Sai) and father (Jagapathi Babu) is very close. But, Siddhu’s grandfather (Mukesh Rishi) does not like it and makes a plan. So, Siddhu has to leave the home forcibly during his childhood.
After growing up, Shiddu falls in love with Sitara (Rakul). When Shiddu decides to propose his love, Sitara’s father fixes her wedding to Jagapathi Babu’s son Aadi (Thakur Anoop Singh). How Teja proves himself that he is the son of Jagapathi Babu and get married to Rakul is the rest of the story.
Sai Dharam Tej has done an exceptional job and he carried out entire film on his shoulders. He is the soul and mind of the film. Rakul Preet Singh has also offered required spicy touch and amuses movie lovers. Especially Rakul has scorched the screen in the songs with her looks.
Vennekla Kishore and Prudvi provide good comedy and comedy is a major asset for the film. Jagapathi Babu is really got a good role and he did his job well and elevates the movie. Anasuya’s song impresses all and Thakur Anoop Singh is superb and he has the bright career in Telugu.
Winner meanders through many nothings to say something. Especially many scenes of Jagapathi Babu are not truly required. However, the director could only justify during the climax. Fans will get disappointed as Sai’s dance performance is not up to the mark and very poor choreography in songs. Comedy scenes and a few action sequences are good to grab the attention of audiences. Finally, it is an okay film at the box-office.
The winner has been made with high production values. From the beginning to end, every frame is shot with enough care and time. Chota K Naidu did a fantastic job. Songs of S S Thaman is average but background score is superb. Editing is sharp and dialogues are good. Gopichand Malineni did not reach the expectations of audiences and he would have put some more efforts. But he included good comedy which adds extra flavor to film.
Overall, Winner is a commercial entertainer with Sai Dharam Tej’s performance and comedy.